DS 49: Proceedings of NordDesign 2004 Conference, Tampere, Finland, 18.-20.08.2004

Year: 2004
Editor: Lehtonen, Timo; Pulkkinen, Antti and Riitahuhta, Asko
Page(s): 73 - 87


In an effort to better respond to heterogeneous customer needs, many firms find it appropriate tu increase product variety i.e. the number of different products offered to customers. Some companies have met serious production problems derived from the large variety of their products. This forces them to develop product families with the common platform, whose variants are designed to meet different customer demands. Product platform modularisation of luminaire light sources is described and analyzed in this paper. Such a platform would reduce lead-time and speed up the manufacture of new products. The creation of product platform was started by analyzing functional structures of all luminarie light sources produced in the company. After comparison of functional structures the common and unique functional units were determined and the modular product platform was developed according to the production requirements. Besides of the "hard" drivers the impact of the "soft" drivers, such as styling, common unit and recycling was investigated. Especially the styling has high driver values for consumer products. Using Module Indication Matrix (MIM) the functional units were analyzed and conclusive module drivers were set. Recommendations for luminaire light sources module development were formulated.

Keywords: Product Platform, Product Family, Modularity. Functional Structure


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